If you’ve been waiting on a replacement for the Lexus LFA, put down your checkbook. Lexus International executive vice president Mark Templin walked back earlier promises and told Automotive News there are no plans for a new LFA.
“We don’t have a plan for an LFA successor right now,” Templin told AN. “I think you will see us do some incredible things in the future, but probably not a $375,000 supercar anytime soon.”
That’s not exactly what Templin told reporters in August 2014, when he hedged his bets about a new Lexus LFA. Back then, Templin told Bloomberg, “We’re building an LFA for the generation we have today… I won’t tell you yes, but I won’t tell you no.”
Instead of a follow-up to the carbon fiber-bodied, V-10-powered Lexus LFA, the Japanese luxury brand will focus performance efforts on its existing F Sport and F-series models, the latter of which comprises the RC F coupe and the GS F sedan. Earlier rumors also suggested the Lexus LF-LC concept (pictured here) could join the Lexus lineup as a flagship coupe model possibly called LC or SC; in December 2013, Lexus officials said that although no decision had been made, “The LF-LC is being studied.” The original Lexus LFA, of which only 500 units were sold, used carbon-fiber construction and a 4.8-liter V-10 engine rated for 552 hp.
Templin told AN that Lexus needs to continue selling mainstream vehicles to improve its brand awareness and sales figures. He also noted that the LFA was never intended to be a pricey supercar when the project began: “It wasn’t as expensive a car as it turned out to be… It was a coupe for our people to move up in the family. We started developing it, and it got better and better. We switched from steel to aluminum to carbon fiber. Everything kept changing. It became this real supercar.”